The halls of McMahon are filled with loud, sometimes confusing chatter. McMahon has its own unique dialect, which can often be hard to decipher. For some, they don’t know exactly what the words being spoken mean, and are left wondering if they should even be laughing at some of the things they say. Nevertheless, the slang used here at McMahon is a staple of our student body, and one of the many things that makes our diverse school unique. Here are seven of the most popular slang words/phrases used in the school.
Ex: “It was such a hotboi scene” -John Gatt (‘19)
Hotboi is the perfect word to describe someone or something that brings negative and unwanted attention to a situation, aka making the situation “hot.” It is very similar to the word “sketchy,” and is also used to describe a situation that is not ideal or uncomfortable.
No Fives (noun)
Ex: No fives
No Fives is a negative reaction or a rejection of something they are told. For example, if a friend is telling a story and the other friend thinks they are exaggerating a detail, they might say “no fives.” It can also be used to describe something that somebody doesn’t want to do. It is basically a hard no.
Ex: “Copy”- Nik Wilson (‘18)
Copy is straightforward, and is almost always used in a one-word-sentence form. It basically means “okay” or “I understand what you’re saying.” For example, if you’re waiting for one of your friends to pick you up and they send you the “on my way text,” ‘copy’ would be an appropriate response.
Ex: “Slow for that”- Emma Hargrove (‘18)
Slow is another straightforward word, essentially meaning “bad.” However, it has a much broader application than the word bad. It can be slow for the amount of homework that you have, it can be slow for when a prospective date turns you down, or it can just be slow for when something doesn’t go your way.
Ex: “Wtw for tonight”- Rocco Luppino (‘18)
Wtw is an abbreviation for “what’s the word,” but its an abbreviation used so often that it’s easily recognizable in text form. Wtw is simply a fast way to ask what your friend’s plans are. Wtw is something you send your group chat when you want to know what everyone is doing on that given night.
Ex: “I’m wavy.” -Bret Rodgers (‘19)
Wavy is personally my favorite word on this list, and it’s also the hardest to give a concrete definition to. If someone is wearing a cool new t-shirt, that shirt might be described as wavy. If someone posts a picture in front of an interesting background, that picture might be described as wavy. If you had a fun night and did something new but fun isn’t quite the right word to describe your experience, then you could say you had a wavy night. It’s closest synonym is probably “interesting,” but even that doesn’t do wavy justice.
Ex: “Fro lost his woolies” -Andres Arbelaez (‘18)
Wooly is a word to describe a girl. If a group of guys is talking about a cute girl, they could call her a wooly. If a guy has been talking to a girl for a little while but isn’t ready to call her his girlfriend, he might call her his wooly. This is another straightforward slang, since it is just another word for a girl.
Brien McMahon is a high school unlike any other. Being a Senator allows you to experience things you can't experience anywhere else! Below Seniors of the class of 2018 reflect on their favorite moments at McMahon.
Climate day is a day of diversity, acceptance and fun. It's a grand expression of the uniqueness of McMahon. “I love climate day” says Kristen Carrano, “I feel like it makes everyone in McMahon closer and encourages positive attitudes.” Climate Day shows how the differences of Senators can be put aside and we can come together as one. Activities like Spikeball, adult coloring, and trivia encourage students to interact with other Senators and learn new things. “The feeling of McMahon on Climate Day is a really chill environment” says senior Charlie Johnson.
Powderpuff is an essential part of being a senior and is looked forward to every year. During Powderpuff the Juniors go head to head against the Seniors in an intense game of flag football. This year the seniors one by a single touchdown at the last second made by Olivia Leone. “It's really exciting playing in Powderpuff. All the senior girls come together as one team and work really well together.” says senior Emma Hargrove.
Playing Norwalk High
Any game against the High is an exciting event and a great time to be a Senator. The feeling of being a huge crowd cheering on fellow Senators is exhilarating. “When we pull through for games against NHS our crowd gets crazy and is really full of spirit.” says Senor name. Being a player in a game against NHS is also equally exciting. “As a player in the game the crowds energy really pumps you up. During the volleyball game against them the crowd was really supportive.” say Liz Murphy (18”).
The Fashion Show
Recently our seniors strutted their stuff on the runway modeling clothes from stores in Fairfield County. “Walking in the fashion show was really fun, I felt like a real model.” says Jazmin Bien-Aime (‘18) who sported two beautiful prom dresses down the runway. “You get nervous at first but when you walk out it's really fun and you forget that everyone is watching.” says Senior name. The senior fashion show was thrilling not only for seniors but for parents and underclassmen to watch.
The walkout that occured on March 14 in response to the 17 people who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida on February 14, 2018 showed that the students of McMahon are willing to use their voices in order to fight for change. “I stayed outside to make a statement harder and louder than the one we were doing before,” said Darius Williams to Pridetime reporters that day. The walkout was a defining moment for McMahon students.
BMHS PrideTime Reporter
As the train bound for South Norwalk reaches the train station, around thirty or more kids hop off the “watch your step” gap-having track as they make their way to the entrance/exit. It’s around 7:09 on a weekday morning, and the kids yawn as they merge into the cliques of their friends to await their bus. “It’s cold.” “I’m tired.” “God, is it only (insert weekday name here)?” Pridetime hears you, tired CGS children. We understand how tough it is to catch those 6am trains.
Here are five ways to survive the school day!
2. Sleep on the bus.
Stayed up all night or until 3 doing homework? It’s okay! The bus ride to school is like ten minutes, take a really tiny power nap!
3. Try not to sleep in first period...but if you can, do it.
Of course, if you have some kind of a study hall-take a nap. If you’re super super tired, have a friend cover for you as you stealthily snooze off in first period.
4. Eat a snack before lunch, and eat lunch.
If you’re friend has some fruit or a snack they’re willing to share with you in class, take it! You need the energy. Also yes, definitely eat a whole meal for lunch!
5. When you get home, nap.
When you’re home, do your homework for a little bit and then set an alarm for a power nap at an hour and thirty minutes. You’ll feel great.
It can be hard to get enough sleep when you wake up at 5, but remember to keep yourself energized throughout the day. You can do it, CGS kids!